Transcontinental has appointed Nelson Gentiletti Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development. Gentiletti was recently the Chief Operating Officer at tour operator Transat AT.

"I am very happy to welcome Nelson to our organization," said François Olivier, President and CEO of Transcontinental Inc. "His leadership abilities and experience with major corporations make him an ideal choice. Drawing on his recent operational experience, he will make an active contribution to the organization's strategic projects to strengthen our traditional core and new marketing activation activities."

Gentiletti was formerly VP and Chief Financial Officer at Unican Security Systems Ltd. He then joined BCE Emergis as VP and Chief Financial Officer, before moving to Transat AT in 2002.

Gentiletti is a graduate of Concordia and McGill universities, in Montreal. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and sits on the Board of Directors of Groupe Sportscene inc. (which operates La Cage aux sports restaurants), KnowledegeOne and St. Mary's Hospital Foundation in Montreal.

Benoît Huard, who has been Transcontinental's CFO since March 2006, will leave the company at the next annual meeting of shareholders in February 2012. "As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Benoît has been a model of integrity and professionalism, and has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of Transcontinental over the past six years. I'd like to thank him on behalf of all his colleagues," said Olivier.

Filip Buyse, most recently the President and CEO of Prism Group, which develops Management Information Systems, has been appointed as General Manager of EFI’s Digital StoreFront and PrintSmith operations. Prism was acquired by EFI in August 2011.

This is a new position created by EFI for Buyse, who becomes responsible for the overall global vision, business development, messaging and management of these two software product lines.

Buyse has extensive experience in the graphic communications industry, having previously held senior sales positions with companies like Creo Americas and Heidelberg’s Web Press division, serving as VP of Sales with both. He also served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Printcafe, which was purchased by EFI in 2003. An active member of the PIA and the Web Offset Society, Buyse also spent time working in both Europe and Asia.

“EFI is excited to keep Filip in the family... His recent experience leading the worldwide expansion of Prism, together with his many years of expertise in the print industry, makes him the right person to take these two leading products to the next level,” stated Marc Olin, Senior VP and GM of APPS, EFI.

Bob McCrea has joined manroland Inc. as its Regional Sales Manager for Toronto and Canada’s western provinces. McCrea will be responsible for sheetfed sales in the greater Toronto metropolitan area, as well as the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Based in Greater Toronto, McCrea is a Canadian printing industry sales veteran, serving more than 25 years as a Senior Sales Representative and as National Manager for remarketed equipment.

Michael Mugavero, VP of Sales for manroland North America, said, “We are very pleased to introduce such an accomplished printing sales executive to our Canadian customers. We believe that his knowledge and experience, in combination with manroland technology, will be an asset to Canadian printers looking to improve their productivity and profitability.”

McCrea said, “I am very much looking forward to working with existing customers as well as introducing others to the manroland portfolio of solutions for both web and sheetfed offset printing. It’s going to be a great deal of fun for me to talk with printers who have not evaluated manroland technology in the past year or two, particularly the incredible automation improvements and makeready reductions that have been introduced recently.”

HP Canada has made a series of new executive appointments, to take effect on November 1, within its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG), which includes a new operation called Commercial Sales.

“We are excited to announce several changes in our IPG business management structure that will create multiple synergies for us to deliver printing innovations to the market,” stated Lloyd Bryant, Vice President and General Manager, Imaging and Printing Group.

Gary Drysdale assumes the role of VP, Managed Enterprise Services (MES), and will be responsible for HP Managed Print Services (MPS) and Enterprise Sales. Drysdale has held various senior positions with HP Canada over the past 15 years and will be moving over from the LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions Group. Drysdale replaces Janet LeMare, who will retire after a 22-year career with HP.

Serge Leger replaces Drysdale and assumes the role of VP, LaserJet & Enterprise Solutions, with accountability for Category Marketing and Business Development. Responsibility for Wholesale and Distribution business also moves into his organization. Leger moves over from HP Consumer Sales where he was responsible for the management of the IPG business within the retail sector, as well as for Inkjet hardware and supplies. Leger joined HP in 1988 and has held various sales positions across different regions in Canada.

Anita Grassl replaces Leger and assumes the role of VP, Inkjet and Web Solutions, with accountability for Category Marketing, Business Development, Retail Sales and Second Tier solutions. Grassl previously held the position of VP, IPG Canada Channel Sales and Aftermarket Supplies, focused on the Commercial VAR Channel and Supplies Distribution Partners.

Patrick Harrison assumes the lead of a newly created team as Vice President, Commercial Sales. He will be responsible for overseeing all commercial outbound and inside sales, nationally. The commercial channel business, previously led by Grassl, moves into his organization. Harrison is 20-year HP veteran, who previously served as National Sales Manager for IPG.

Focusing on HP Canada’s Graphic Solutions Market, Mark Lehmann, VP, Large Format Printing Business, will now be responsible for management of both Designjet and Scitex building on the synergies across the two segments. Lehmann has 23 years of sales and management experience in the IT industry, with more than nine years at HP Canada.

Danny Ionescu, VP, Sales and Marketing, Graphic Arts, will now be focused on managing HP Canada’s Webpress and Indigo businesses.

Doug Aldred has been appointed as President of Flint Group’s Packaging and Narrow Web division for Europe and North America. He assumes responsibility for the company’s global packaging and narrow-web strategies and will report directly to Antoine Fady, Chief Executive Officer.

Following a series of mergers that formed Flint Group in 1994, Aldred joined the company as a manufacturing manager within its Canada operations. In 1998, he was appointed as General Manager, Sheetfed Europe. 

With Flint-Schmidt he became Global VP for the company’s Sheetfed division and in 2005 was appointed as VP for Packaging EMEA. In 2009, Aldred became responsible for all sales and business development in Packaging and Narrow Web EMEA.

“This is another example of a key appointment being made from within the Flint Group business, which is always pleasing to see,” stated CEO, Antoine Fady. “[Aldred] has played a key role in growing the European business in his position as VP for Packaging EMEA and was instrumental in the successful acquisitions of Torda and in Russia. Under Doug’s leadership, we have also established an important joint venture in Turkey and an international key account strategy.”

HP has dismissed Léo Apotheker as its CEO, replacing him with ex-Governtorial candidate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

After what has been seen by the technology sector as several missteps from HP, the company's Board of Directors found itself forced to relieve its third CEO in a row. Apotheker had been in the position for only 11 months.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman’s caliber and experience step up to lead HP,” said Ray Lane. “We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP’s board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets.”

Whitman joined eBay in March 1998 at its infancy and grew the company from 30 employees to over 15,000 employees within a decade that was her tenure as CEO. In 2009, she ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Governorship of California, which saw her spend $144 million of her own fortune in the attempt. She also formerly served as executives at Walt Disney, DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble as well as Hasbro.

The appointment of Whitman caused HP's stock prices to fall on the New York Stock Exchange, hitting a six-year low of US$21.50 from a recent high of nearly US$25.

Claus Bolza-Schünemann, on October 31, will succeed Helge Hansen as the Chief Executive Officer of press maker Koenig & Bauer AG, which operates four primary German facilities in Wurzburg, Frankenthal, Radebeul and Trennfeld.

According to Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), current CEO and President Helge Hansen had asked that his pending retirement be brought forward so that the company could find a new leader.

“Despite the very difficult circumstances, Helge Hansen has, with great expertise and his many years of experience, furthered the sound development of both earnings and finances at Koenig & Bauer AG, and has helped to position the company group for a successful future,” stated Dieter Rampl, Chairman of KBA’s supervisory board.

The supervisory board then unanimously picked Claus Bolza-Schünemann (55) to take over as CEO and President. He has been serving KBA as Deputy President with responsibility for engineering and web-press manufacturing. “As an acknowledged press engineering expert, one of the branch’s strategic visionaries and a representative of the founding family, Claus Bolza-Schünemann has all the qualifications necessary to take the helm and to uphold our continued development as the second-largest press manufacturer in the world,” stated Rampl.

In line with KBA's leadership changes, the supervisory board also announced that CFO Dr. Axel Kaufmann (41) is to take on the duties of Deputy President.

Rémi Marcoux, the long-serving patriarch of the Transcontinental empire, has announced he will leave his position as Executive Chair of the Board. In his place, the Board has nominated his daughter, Isabelle Marcoux. The new appointment will take effect at the next annual meeting of the shareholders.

Rémi Marcoux expressed his wish to slow his pace of work with the company, but he will continue to serve on the company's Board. "I am certain that Isabelle will lead the Board with energy, vision, and discipline," said Marcoux.

Isabelle Marcoux began working at Transcontinental in 1997 and has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors since 2007. She also serves on the boards of such leading Canadian companies as George Weston Limited, Rogers Communications, and Power Corporation of Canada. Last year, she was declared one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women Executive Network.

Transcontinental was founded in 1976, when Rémi Marcoux and his partners, Claude Dubois and André Kingsley, acquired a small commercial printing plant in Saint-Laurent on the outskirts of Montreal. Today, Transcontinental has 10,500 employees in three sectors: state-of-the-art marketing communications, print and digital media, and printing and interactive marketing. In 2010 the Corporation reported revenues of $2.1 billion. Rémi Marcoux remains the Corporation's controlling shareholder.

Current President of Heidelberg Mexico, Harald Weimer, is set to take over Heidelberg USA before the end of the year, following the retirement of James Dunn, who has led the unit for the past seven years.

“Now is an appropriate time for me to turn over the leadership of the company to Harald Weimer,” stated Dunn. “Harald is an outstanding choice, and I’m sure there will be a smooth transition. He has my full and enthusiastic support.”
Weimer, 47, began his career with Xerox in 1993 as a sales representative and was promoted to a sales manager position in 1996. He joined Heidelberg in 1998 as a sales manager in Germany, and then in 2001, he was appointed Business Driver for Digital Printing for Germany and Switzerland.

In 2004, Weimer was named as lead for West Region of the German Sales and Service Unit, which he maintained until moving to Mexico. He studied Industrial Engineering at FHTE.

“I want to thank Jim for his dedicated service to both Heidelberg and the print media industry over the past 34 years,” said Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier. “We are also very pleased that Harald will take up the task of guiding the sales and service activities in the U.S. market. Harald’s many years of experience with the print media industry will serve him well in this capacity.”

Hal Stratton becomes the Market Development Manager for Komori America Corporation, based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, which is represented in Canada by K-North Inc.

Stratton is a 31-year printing industry veteran who most recently worked for manroland North America. He was also recently elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) and currently serves on the IDEAlliance Print Properties and Colormetrics Council, as well as on the Printing Industries of America Supplier Advisory.

In his new role at Komori America, Stratton will look after the company’s relationship-centric marketing initiatives. This responsibility will also involve helping to lead Komori’s Customer Advisory Council that works with internal and external parties to develop market segments for Komori’s product line.

Nipson SAS of France, which develops the DIGIFlex and VaryPress presses, has named Bryan Palphreyman as CEO of its Nipson America Inc. and UK Ltd. subsidiaries.

Formerly Managing Director of Nipson UK, Palphreyman is a 20-year veteran of the printing industry, having previously served as a principal consultant for Digital Print Consulting Ltd., within that company’s inkjet division called Sensient Imaging Technologies. He also worked with a technology start-up called Inski Ltd., as well as Xaar plc, Logopak Systeme GmbH and Willett International.

Palphreyman will work closely with the regional sales managers, Wayne Kornack and Mike Paschall. “We are pleased to appoint Bryan Palphreyman to CEO of Nipson America and UK,” said Ghislain Segard, President of Nipson SAS. “His experience, industry knowledge and impressive track-record of success make him an exceptional leader and we look forward to his guidance and support.”
The DIGIFlex and VaryPress presses are built around a unique printing process that combines what the company refers to as dry toner magnetography and xenon flash fusing.

Xerox has named Paul Smith to succeed Hadi Mahabdi as the head of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Mahabadi, who will retire in September, has served as the head of the XRCC since September, 2004 and will leave the role effective September 1st.

Smith, the current Associate Manager of the XRCC joined Xerox in 1995 and has held a number of management positions at the centre. He has lead teams that have developed key materials for Xerox, including solid ink components and new inks for Xerox Phaser printers.

"Paul brings a strong research career and respected leadership ability to the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary and this year received its 1500th patent," said Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox's Chief Technology Officer and President of the Xerox Innovation Group.

Smith received his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Bath and was a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada fellow from 1995 to 1997. In 2001, he received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He holds 55 U.S. patents had has published 16 research articles.

Mahabadi, during his tenure at Xerox, has generated 86 patents in materials science. He has been with Xerox for over 30 years and has received the company's prestigious President's Award for his accomplishments. He has been repeatedly named top of PrintAction's Most Influential People in Graphic Communications. "It is difficult to say goodbye to such an excellent researcher, leader, and friend," said Vandebroek. "Hadi's significant accomplishments will continue to serve us well for many years to come."

After serving more than 38 years with various Mitsubishi divisions, Takefumi Suzuki becomes the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Imaging Inc., which operates in North and South America.

Suzuki first joined the Mitsubishi group of companies in 1972 when he took on a position with Mitsubishi Paper Mills (MPM). He eventually reached the post of Director and Managing Executive Officer with MPM, but in 1995 this entity was merged with Mitsubishi Corporation to form a new division called Mitsubishi Imaging, which is now headquartered in Rye, New York – a 27,000-square-foot facility with a Technical and Training Center.

Suzuki succeeds Yutaka Oka, who after more than three years of service with Mitsubishi Imaging, has taken the position of President of Mitsubishi Paper Holding (Europe) GmbH in Germany.

Key products for Mitsubishi Imaging include CTP technologies like the Silver DigiPlate and SilverMaster plate material, as well as the low-chemistry usage SDP-Eco 1630 IIIR and the chemistry-free Thermal DigiPlate. Mitsubishi Imaging also produces a range of inkjet media branded as Diamond Jet, Diamond Proof, Pictorico and Grace papers. Most recently, Mitsubishi Imaging introduced its DP Series Specialty Media for HP Indigo presses.

Graham Douglas, President of Scancorp, takes the position of Electronic Imaging Specialist, Central Region, for Fujifilm Canada’s Graphic Systems Division. Douglas is a founding member of Cambridge, Ontario-based Scancorp, which served as a printing-technology distributor, primarily in prepress, for the past 31 years.

Also joining Fujifilm Canada from Scancorp are Dave Anderson and Domingo LoGuidice, who become Customer Support Technicians for the Graphic Systems Division.

“There are many synergies between Scancorp and Fujifilm Canada with similar product categories and customer profiles, therefore this is a natural fit for us,” explained Stefan Biasi, VP, Fujifilm Canada Graphic Systems Division. “Fujifilm welcomes Scancorp customers and are pleased to provide them with the option to be supported with a seamless transition of sales and service coverage.”

Douglas commented, “Joining the Fujifilm team provides us the opportunity to engage in the latest technologies with an industry leader, and at the same time ensures that our customer base will continue to be well-supported.”

After its Annual General Meeting in late July 2011, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG will have a new Supervisory Board helping to steer the German press manufacturer into the future.

Lone Fønss Schrøder (age 51) and Dr. Herbert Meyer (64) are to be put forward as members of the Supervisory Board at the company’s July 28 meeting.

From Copenhagen, Denmark, Schrøder is a non-managerial member of the administrative bodies of several foreign companies, including Volvo Personvagnar AB, Sweden, and NKT Holding AB, Denmark.

Current board Chairman Dr. Mark Wössner (72) is scheduled to resign at the Annual General Meeting and the Supervisory Board intends to elect Robert J. Koehler (62), Chief Executive Officer of SGL Carbon SE, as his successor. Koehler has been a member of the Heidelberg Supervisory Board since 2003.

Dr. Werner Brandt (57), member of the Walldorf-based SAP AG management board, will also resign at the July meeting.

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